Sailing Sailing Counsellor-in-Training (CIT)

Age 15

Ready to expand your leadership and sailing skills? This specialized CIT program is for participants who are interested in sailing, childcare and education. With the guidance of our staff, CITs will further refine their leadership skills in a supportive setting, offering generous feedback and mentorship. CITs will receive one week of programming, workshops and training before their first placement. This week will focus on learning about supervision, communication, cooperative games, initiative tasks, anti-bullying, camper management and conflict resolution. CITs will also get to refine their sailing skills and understand the day-to-day operations of sailing camps on-land and on-water.  

CITs will complete three separate week-long placements at sailing camps, where they will shadow a working Sailing Counsellor or Instructor and begin their interaction with campers as a leader! CITs will come together for one full day per week during their placements to reflect on their experiences and engage in programming designed to prepare them to work as a Sailing Counsellor or Instructor in the future. CITs will receive weekly evaluations so that they receive ongoing and consistent feedback. 

Please note: Applicants will be asked to fill out an application form to aid in the selection of appropriate participants. We thank all applicants for your interest in our CIT program and taking the time to complete an application, however space is limited. Applications are due by June 24, 2022, please apply here. You will be asked to create a profile and will be taken to the application selection page. You will want to select the application titled “Counsellor-in-Training.” Applications after June 24, 2022, will be considered subject to availability. Successful applicants will be informed no later than June 27, 2022. Once an applicant has been accepted, additional information will be required.    

Upon completion of the four-week program, CITs will receive 85 volunteer hours for their camp placements. CITs who successfully complete the program will receive an interview with Harbourfront Centre Camps the following season, provided they properly apply for the positions available on our website. 

Prerequisites: Must have CANSail certification of any level prior to enrolling in this program.

  • Sessions 1–2 July 4–28 . Free
  • Sessions 3–4 July 31 – August 25 . Free

What to bring to Sailing Camps

Campers will be spending the majority of their time outdoors and on the water. Please review these list of items to bring to camp each day.

  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 or above
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses with UVA & UVB protection
  • Soft-soled water shoes or any shoes that can get wet and not get ruined – no flip flops please
  • Spare set of dry clothes
  • A waterproof jacket/rain jacket – even on sunny days
  • A bathing suit and towel
  • Personal Flotation Device if you have one
  • Sailing gloves or rugged gloves - mandatory for CANSail 3&4
  • Note pad, pencil and watch with a countdown timer – for CANSail 3&4 only

Please label all of your camper’s items with first and last names to ensure that they are returned to you, should something go missing. Campers who use their own equipment will have it checked by instructors prior to use.

Please leave all unnecessary valuables (phones, game systems, etc.) at home. If bringing these to camp is a must, invest in a waterproof container such as a pelican box or dry bag for protection. Bring at own risk.

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question about Sailing Camps isn’t answered here, please contact us.

Our team of qualified Instructors are committed to holding the highest standards of instruction and safety in regards to your child’s welfare. Through intensive staff training and seminars, we employ Instructors who demonstrate and adhere to our strict safety policies both on and off the water, and have been vetted accordingly under the Vulnerable Sector Screening Program. The nature of the sport and the equipment your child uses do come with an element of risk. The assessments made by our Instructors will minimize the likelihood of an accident by monitoring and delivering the program within a safely managed environment. The experience and forethought of an Instructor allows campers to process the skills required to better their sailing skills. Campers are grouped by ability, age, size, and Instructor recommendation. Placement decisions are guided by safety considerations and the skills demonstrated by campers. We recognize that campers mature and progress at different rates; our Instructors closely monitor and assess each participant on an on-going basis.

Every person under the Harbourfront Centre Sailing and Powerboating umbrella (including the Instructors) MUST wear a lifejacket or PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times on the water.

Your camper is welcome to bring their own lifejacket as long as it meets Canadian standards and current weight ratio requirements.

Helmets are supplied for participants under the age of 12 but are not mandatory – Instructors shall implement the use depending on the weather.

On rainy days, we will plan on sailing provided that wind and weather conditions are safe. In the occurrence of thunder/lightning and/or other severe weather, classes will be conducted indoors or in a safe location. Please make sure your child has proper rain gear to keep warm and dry.

All of our Instructors have valid First Aid and CPR certifications. There is also an in-house healthcare staff employed by Harbourfront Centre. We consider any accident seriously, whether minor or major, and coordinate injuries via an Emergency Action Plan (EAP), which involves regular staff training to keep incidences to a minimum. Sailing comes with inherent risks, but we do hold parent contact details on hand should anything happen.

There is no guarantee that a sailboat will not capsize while on the water, but Lake Ontario’s sheltered inner harbour and the specific training craft we use minimize the chances of this happening. Unless stated in the course syllabus, your child will not take part in a controlled or scheduled capsize. If a capsize does occur, our staff are on-hand to help coach campers through the experience. Although there can be concerns around capsizing, we assure you it is a lot of fun and very safe!

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OFF-SITE These camps operate at an off-site location. Supervised transportation is provided to and from camp.
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OPEN HOUSE  This camp offers an open house experience for friends and family to visit the camp.
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SPLASH PAD Campers go on an outing to a splash pad (weather permitting).
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FIELD TRIP These camps offer one field trip per session (weather permitting).
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CANOEING Campers will go canoeing over the course of this program (weather permitting).
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SWIMMINGCampers swim for about one hour per session (weather permitting). Campers swimming ability will be asked for as part of the registration process, and any camp that participates in swimming activities will have their swimming ability tested prior to planned swimming activity.
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